India’s Olympic Games bronze medalist MC Mary Kom lost in the quarter final against Chol Mi Bang of Korea. The mother of three and 5 times world champion returned to the ring after a gap of one year from competition. Her loss was the biggest upset for India in the tournament.
On the other hand, Asian Youth silver medallist Ankush Dahiya in Light weight (60kg), Strandja Memorial gold medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin in bantam weight (56kg), Thailand International Tournament 2017 gold medallist Shyam Kumar Kakara in Light Fly weight (49kg) and Priyanka Chaudhary in women’s light weight (60kg) won their respective quarterfinal bouts in the men’s and women’s categories and progressed to the semifinal rounds.
In the quarterfinal bouts, Ankush Dahiya beat Dulgunn Oyunchimeg of Mongolia while Priyanka outpunched Russian Aleksandra Ordina.
Ankush will face Russian Radna Tsibikov in his semifinal. Priyanka, on the other hand, will square off against Korea’s Hye Song Choe.
Hussamuddin defeated China’s Ma Xin Ming, Shyam Kumar Kakara got the better of Mongolia’s Enkhmandakh Kharkhuu in his last-eight stage contest.
However, it was not good day for two other Indian boxers as well. Duryodhan Singh lost to Mongolian Byamba Erdene Otgonbaatar in his quarterfinal bout of men’s welter weight (69kg). Kalawanti also lost to Liubov Iusupova of Russia in the women’s middle weight (75kg) quarterfinal bout.
Earlier, Commonwealth Games silver medalist Laishram Devendro won the quarterfinal bout against Russia’s Dimitrii Yusupov to assure India of a medal. The triumph is a major confidence booster for the 23year old from Manipur, who missed out on the Asian Championships earlier this year after surprisingly going down in the trials. He had also lost early in the Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria and the King’s Cup in Thailand.
With four wins in men’s categories and one win in women’s category, India will win at least 5 medals in this tournament.